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Diamond Head

Brian and Duncan first started writing music together in early 1976 with Brian on cheap fuzz guitar and Duncan on Biscuit tins. Brian hadaposter of an album by Phil Manzanera called Diamond Head that was released in 1975 and he thought "that would be a good name fortheband", but they needed a singer and auditioned several school chums until someone mentioned they had heard Sean Harris singing Be BopaLu La on a coach and so Brian asked Sean to try out and after one song he was asked to join. Colin Kimberley, an friend of Brian's fromjuniorschool completed the line up.

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Brian and Duncan first started writing music together in early 1976 with Brian on cheap fuzz guitar and Duncan on Biscuit tins. Brian hadaposter of an album by Phil Manzanera called Diamond Head that was released in 1975 and he thought "that would be a good name fortheband", but they needed a singer and auditioned several school chums until someone mentioned they had heard Sean Harris singing Be BopaLu La on a coach and so Brian asked Sean to try out and after one song he was asked to join. Colin Kimberley, an friend of Brian's fromjuniorschool completed the line up.

The first demo tape was cut in 1978 in a studio in Kidderminster. This was used to get gigs, and a copy was sent to Geoff Barton atSounds,who was suitably impressed and put them on his play list, and arranged an interview. Continual gigging set them in good stead. Thissawthem opening for the likes of ACDC and Iron Maiden. At the beginning of 1980, the band formed 'Diamond Head Music' as a meanstoputting out their own self financed material. Their first single was 'Shoot Out The Lights' backed with 'Helpless' on Happy Face Musi.

They then recorded what was to become their first album release. Like Led Zeppelin's fourth album it had no official title and hasbeenreferred to as the 'White Album', or 'Lightning To The Nations'. There were initially copies 1000 pressed, which were in a plain whitecover.Every copy was signed by one member of the band. This was available only at gigs or by mail order for £3.50 A further pressing of1000were done, which had the track listing on it. This contained 7 classic tracks including 'Am I Evil?', 'The Prince' and 'Sucking My Love'.

The next single was 'Sweet and Innocent' from the White Album, backed with a new track, 'Streets of Gold'. Two new tracks arrived in1981on DHM Records - the double A-side of 'Waited Too Long' and 'Plat It Loud'. The Diamond Lights 12" EP followed soon after giving us'It'sElectric' and three new tracks, 'We Won't Be Back', 'Diamond Lights' and 'I Don't Got'.

Later in 1981, the band signed to MCA Records, their first release being the 'Four Cuts' EP containing 'Call Me', 'Trick or Treat','DeadReckoning' and a new version of 'Shoot Out The Lights'. A second single; 'In The Heat Of The Night' was released prior to the'BorrowedTime' album.A double single of this contained live versions of 'Play It Loud' and 'Sweet and Innocent' recorded at the Zig-Zag Club,together with a 14minute interview with Tommy Vance recorded in June '82.

Diamond Head played a magnificent set at the Reading Festival playing new tracks and old. The live version of 'Sucking My Love' wouldlaterbe released as a 12" with 'Out Of Phase', and the whole set 10 years later as part of the BBC sessions series.Living On....Borrowed Time'was released in late September 1982, in a lavish gatefold sleeve with stunning artwork courtesy of RodneyMatthews and entered the UKcharts at number 24. A 12 date UK tour followed in October and November to promote their new album takingin Birmingham Odeon,Mancheter Apollo and London's Hammersmith Odeon.

1983 saw the release of the 'Makin' Music' single as a precursor to the album that was also intended to be called 'Makin' Music' butwaschanged to 'Canterbury'. During the recording both Dunc and Colin left the band. Colin still plays on some tracks on Canterbury, butwasreplaced by Merv Goldsworthy, who would later to go on to form FM. Robbie France took up the drum stool. 20,000 copies of the albumhadpressing faults causing the first track to jump. This consequently affected sales, with it eventually charting at number 32.

'Out Of Phase', a second single was released backed with the album track 'The Kingmaker'. The band played the Donnington Rock Festivalinthe summer of 1983 and shortly afterwards, keyboard player Josh Phillips-Gorse was added. The band completed a European tour withBlackSabbath in September. Another tour of Odeon sized halls took place in October of that year to promote 'Canterbury'. The band werepreparingfor a fourth LP, 'Flight East' in 1984 but were dropped by MCA. When their manager failed to get them a deal at the MIDEM musicbusinessconvention, the band split.

The original line up got back together to jam through 'Helpless' and 'Am I Evil?' with Metallica at one of their shows at Birmingham's NEC.

The following year saw Brian and Sean team up once again as a band with Karl Wilcox and drums and Eddie Chaos on Bass. Playing onlynewmaterial, the band completed a small tour of UK clubs under the pseudonym 'Dead Reckoning'.It was obvious that Diamond Head werenow back in business. The band entered the studio to record tracks for an EP entitled 'Rising Up'.Instead just a 2 track 12" was releasedavailable only at gigs and specialist record shops. 'Wild On The Streets' had its origins back in1978, but had never been completed orrecorded. 'Can't Help Myself' completed the single.

Following two further club tours, Chaos was replaced by Pete Vukovic to record the 'Death and Progress' album. The album featurescelebrityguests in the guise of Megadeth's Dave Mustaine who played on, and mixed the track ''Truckin'. Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi alsoguests on'Starcrossed', adding a very distinctive solo.Prior to its release, the band opened a show at Milton Keynes Bowl featuring Megadeth andMetallica on 5th June 1993. The album soldmore than 50,000 copies to their ever loyal fan base.This show was later released as 'Evil Live' in1994 along with extra tracks from the 'Death and Progress' sessions. This was to be DiamondHead's last show for 7 years.In late 2000, Brianand Sean started working on an acoustic project, reworking some of their back catalogue in an acoustic style with newrecruit Floyd Brennan.The trio performed some low key gigs before recording a four track EP and perfoming at the Rock Shield Festival inBurton On Trent.

The acoustic shows had revitalised interest in Diamond Head, and new songs had already started to be written. Early in 2002, an offertoheadline the New Jersey Metal Meltdown IV Festival as an electric band was too good a chance to miss. This signified the return ofEddieMoohan and Karl Wilcox. A couple of weeks rehearsal and a short 4 date UK tour warmed the band up for their first trip to Americansoil.Their headline performance proved a massive success with many US fans getting their first chance to see the band live.More newmaterial was written and fans got to hear new tracks such as 'Shine On; and 'Forever 16' on another UK club tour in September2002, and anotable slot at the Derby Bloodstock Festival. At the end of 2002 and the early part of 2003, Diamond Head ventured into thestudio to recorda new album with Andrew Scarth. Although this album had been completed, Sean's reluctance to release it as DiamondHead or desire to playlive, meant that it never saw the light of day. Determined to continue, the band played a short set at the Wackenfestival in 2003 with ex-Tygers of Pan Tang's Jess Cox on vocals.

2004 heralded a landmark in Diamond Head history as they embarked on a new phase with new singer Nick Tart. The year saw themrehearseand write new material as a revitalised band, and record a new album with Nick, 'All Will Be Revealed'. The end of the year sawthem performtheir first gig infront of an invitation only crowd at JBs in Dudley. Harking back to the early days and the 'do it yourself'attitude, 1000 selffinanced copies of their new album were pressed. These quickly sold out at gigs and via their website.In February 2005, Diamond Headembarked on a massive European tour supporting Megadeth which turned out to be a massive success forthe band, impressing long standingfans and picking up younger ones along the way.

2005 proved to be a succesful year for the band. Cargo Records picked up All Will Be Revealed and gave the album a full commercialreleaseallowing a much greater audience than the lucky few who had managed to get a hold of the pre release copies. The year culminatedwithanother short tour and Diamond Head headlining a 25th Anniversary of the NWOBHM at London Astoria in November. The Astoria showwasprofessionally recorded which resulted in a live album, 'It's Electric' and Diamond Head's first ever official DVD. The DVD was releasedinAugust 2006 and features bonus material of interviews and in the studio recording All Will Be Revealed.Diamond Head released their newalbum 'What's In Your Head?' on Livewire/Cargo on 30th July 2007 and the band toured the UK andEurope including KIT Festival, Germany,Diamond Head's first headlining tour of Ireland and Hard Rock Hell. « hide

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LPs
Diamond Head
2016

3.5
17 Votes
What's in Your Head?
2007

1.6
49 Votes
All Will Be Revealed
2005

2.1
37 Votes
Death and Progress
1993

2.8
42 Votes
Canterbury
1983

2.6
54 Votes
Borrowed Time
1982

3.4
92 Votes
Lightning to the Nations
1980

4.4
384 Votes
EPs
In The Heat Of The Night
1982

3.8
3 Votes
Four Cuts
1982

3.6
8 Votes
Diamond Lights
1981

3.3
7 Votes
Live Albums
Live at the BBC
2010

3.8
4 Votes
Makin' Music 'Live in '83'
2009

3
1 Votes
It's Electric
2006

3
7 Votes
Evil Live
1994

2.5
2 Votes
Compilations
Am I Evil?: The Diamond Head Anthology
2004

4.2
9 Votes
Diamond Nights
2000

4
6 Votes
The Friday Rock Show Sessions/Live at Reading
1992

4
2 Votes
Am I Evil
1987

4
1 Votes
Behold the Beginning
1986

3.8
2 Votes

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